Games Law

There are many legal challenges in the gaming world. Whether they concern traditional console gaming, online gaming, casual or hardcore games, a development studio or publishing, WILDE BEUGER SOLMECKE know gaming law and the gaming branch well. We can bring add-value, by exploiting our innovative cooperation avenues with other branches in the entertainment industry such as the film and television industry.

From that first idea, to securing funding from the Film and Media Foundation NRW (Film- und Medienstiftung NRW), from financing through in-game-advertising, to going gold we can support all stages of your project. Whether you are looking for national or world-wide distribution, licensing or finished-goods deals protect your rights and secure your sales with optimal contractual solutions.

Our services include:

A. Formation:

  • Advice on the choice of legal form
  • Drafting and analysis of the partnership agreement / memorandum of association / articles of association

B. Recruitment and Contracting

  • Drafting and analysis of media-specific employment contracts
  • Drafting of non-disclosure agreements and competition restriction clauses
  • Drafting and evaluation of developer contracts
  • Quality assurance contracts (in cases of external quality assurance)

C. Financing

  • Creating a financing plan and applying for funding

D. Protection of Commercial and Intellectual Property Rights

  • Creation and management of commercial and intellectual property rights when developing the Game Design Document
  • Enforcement of and defending against commercial and intellectual property rights and contractual rights
  • Drafting and analysis of developer and publisher contracts
  • Licence and cooperation agreements

E. Marketing

  • Global distribution agreements
  • Testimonial agreements
  • Advertising contracts for in-game-advertising
  • Merchandising agreements (DVD, audio, book, game, further products and services)
  • PR agency agreements
  • Sales agency contracts
  • Development of online games and e-sports platforms
  • Drafting and analysis of general terms and conditions and data protection agreements for web-marketing and web-distribution

F. Regulatory

  • Negotiations with USK (German Entertainment Software Self-Regulation Body) as to age classification and age verification in online games

Our specialist German lawyer, Rafaela Wilde is available to answer your questions. Call us on +49 (0) 221 / 951 563 0.

Christian Solmecke is a partner at the law firm WILDE BEUGER SOLMECKE. He is the author of numerous legal publications in the area of internet and IT law. He is also an associate lecturer for social media law at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences.

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